Course Syllabus


CONFERENCE: 5th Period
VIRTUAL /IN-PERSON TUTORING: Tues / Thurs - 11:47-12:22  &  Virtual - Fri. 9:00-10:00



The Practicum is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience.

Students will also be taught the necessary content and skills to sit for the Patient Care Technician exam.  Students must meet specific testing criteria as set by the NHA to register and take the exam.  For the 2020-2021 school year, students will spend the second portion of the double block focused on preparing for the Insurance and Coding Specialist Exam. 

Topics covered include:
• Safety - Asepsis and Standard Precautions
• Hospital Safety
• First Aid/Vital signs
• Ethics and Legal Responsibilities of Health Professionals
• Verbal and Nonverbal communication
• Clinical Attire & Decorum
• Teaming and Leadership Skills
• Wellness and Infection control
• Patient Care Basics
• Assessment and Charting
• Medical Math
• How to Give a Professional Presentation

In addition for the 20-21 school year topics will include:

  • Patient record interpretation
  • ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS level II coding
  • Healthcare Insurance coverage
  • Insurance claims
  • Health information management software
  • Computer-assisted coding software


• 250- 3x5 notecards
• 1 single subject spiral notebook 
• Additional clinical items may be required

• Be Punctual: Arrive to class on time and present assignments on or before the due date.
• Be Prepared: Come to class with all necessary materials, an open mind and a smile.
• Be Respectful: Respect your classmates, your teacher, your classroom, your school and yourself.
• Be Cooperative: Participate in class activities and be supportive of others.
• Be Successful: Try your best, work hard to master content and set your goals high.

Virtual Classroom Rules / Expectations:
• Be Punctual: Log in on time and present assignments on or before 
the due date. 
• Be Prepared: Be appropriately dressed and gather all necessary materials before logging in.
• Be Respectful: Video camera on, microphone muted, ask questions via the chat box. 
• Be Cooperative: Participate in class activities.  Place your cell phone out of reach.  
• Be Successful: Log in during all required synchronous times. Utilize virtual tutoring times when needed.


  • Minimize distractions for yourself and your peers.
  • No eating during class.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Keep chat comments on topic and directly related to course content.
  • No open tabs outside of Canvas and class related content.
  • Adhere to the district virtual learning expectations.

1. Come to class prepared to work! Bring all materials to class. This includes being professionally dressed when you enter the classroom.
2. Be in your seat and quiet when the bell rings.  At the end of the class, I will dismiss you.
3. When you are absent, you will be responsible for obtaining any assignments, notes, handouts, or exams that you missed. You will find your work hanging on the wall in a folder with your name on it.
4. All assignments are to be placed in the designated area by the end of the class period they are due.
5. When a visitor is in the room (this includes substitute teachers), please show him/her the same respect and courtesy that you expect for yourself.
6. Equipment and supplies are off-limits to students unless they are being used in class or you have my permission.
7. Cellphone policies will always be followed, in the classroom, medical sites, and buses.
8. Failure to follow the classroom rules will lead to the following disciplinary actions:
a. First Offense: Private discussion with teacher
b. Second Offense: Discussion with teacher and D-hall after school that day and a call to the parent/guardian
c. Third Offense: Automatic referral to office
8. Misbehaving or horse playing in the following places will not be tolerated and immediate office referral will occur:
• Clinical Sites
• Health Science Lab
• Bus to clinical sites

Absences & Makeup Work
Students will be held accountable for absences during their clinical rotation.
• …if you miss a clinical rotation (illness, Dr. appt, AP test, etc.) you will be expected to complete an assignment given to you by your instructor.
• …if you come to school with a cold, fever, or contagious disease, you will not be allowed in the clinical area.
• …if you miss a Facility Evaluation day, you will receive a zero as the Facility Evaluation cannot be made up.

Immunizations/CPR - Due to the halt of hospital rotations for the 20-21 school year, students will not need to provide proof of the following:
• All clinical students must be updated on their immunizations, have a negative TB test, a seasonal flu shot, and must be CPR certified. Failure to do so could prohibit participation.

You will be expected to work bell to bell on Health Science. Staying on task is very important in this class. Only the items you are using for the current activity should be on your desk for the duration of class. Please keep all bags, backpacks, or purses off your desk.

CELL PHONES and other technology/accessories will be stored in your bag (or housed at the charging station) for the duration of the class period. Electronic devices may be used only when directed by the teacher for an activity.

The primary method of course communication will be through Canvas. The course calendar, notes, text, and course files will be found here. You will also be expected to submit most assignments through canvas. Please take some time to become familiar with Canvas if you have not done so already.

For each day absent, you will be given 1 days per day missed to make up an assignment or test. If there was an extended absence or extenuating circumstances, arrangements may be made with instructor.

Major 60% Tests, Quizzes, and major projects/research papers
Minor 40% Daily work, note card checks, homework, and writing assignments

Students will almost always be given ample time to complete assignments in class. Late work may be turned in for a grade no higher than a 70 and must be received within one week.

Students may retake any test on which he or she received a grade of 69 or lower. Students can make no higher than a 70% on any retest. It is the student's responsibility to initiate and follow through with the retake process.